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Mayor Tim Paulissen


The City Council meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. with all members present except Councilman Kinsey.

Appointments, Proclamations Presentation and Awards I presented certificates and patches to six Volunteers In Policing recognizing their earned Intermediate VIP status.

In Councilmember Comments, Councilwoman Bentley spoke about the Memorial Day Ceremony and the Fairview Cemetery’s historical recognition. She also reminded everyone that they had 45 minutes left to get out and vote. Councilman Mann thanked the Volunteers in Policing and also spoke about the Citizens for Space Exploration annual trip to Washington D.C. to lobby. He stressed the importance of volunteers to the community. Councilwoman Thiess explained that she was not able to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony because she was speaking at another ceremony. She spoke about her speech and the importance of remembering the very real sacrifices people have made for the freedoms we enjoy. Councilwoman Dawson spoke about the Memorial Day Ceremony at Fairview Cemetery and thanked everyone involved in making it a success.

In Mayor’s Report, I gave a report on all of the upcoming events at Helen Hall Library. You can see a full list of events at www.leaguecitylibrary.com. I also thanked everyone involved in the Memorial Day Ceremony and Fairview Cemetery Historical Marker Ceremony; there were over 400 attendees at the event. I also recognized Dan Seal with Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. He attended the council meeting along with Bob Mitchell and David Braun who was the coordinator of the Washington D.C. trip to lobby for NASA. Over the last five years, BAHEP and representatives have made roughly 2,200 congressional visits and this was the twenty-third time they’ve made the trip. Councilman Mann and I attended this year and we sat down with several congressional leaders to talk to their staff about the importance of continuing to fund NASA. We’re a big part of the NASA area. We employ a lot of people here in the League City area and we’re definitely affected by any cuts or potential addition at NASA. I mentioned a few upcoming City events. You can view a full list of City events on our website at www.leaguecity.com

In Staff Reports, Director of Finance Rebecca Underhill presented the Investment Report of the City of League City for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. She also presented the final audit report for the Galveston County Municipal Utility District #2. City Manager Mark Rohr gave a presentation regarding the Determine Objectives for an Improved Tomorrow (DO IT!) - Envisioning and City Advancement Process.

Consent Agenda was approved in an 8-0 vote with the exception of items 10C, 10D and 10 E, which were pulled for discussion.

Council considered and took action on approval of Change Order Number 1 in the amount of $24,978.69 and Change Order Number 2 in the amount of $44,353.87 for the construction of the Eastern Regional Park Pool. This item passed 7-0 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

Council considered and took action to convey an electrical distribution line easement conveyance to Texas-New Mexico Power Company to serve the New Cingular Wireless PCS cell tower at Big League Dreams and to authorize the Deputy City Manager to execute the easement conveyance document. This item passed 7-1 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

Council considered and took action on a resolution adopting a Water Conservation Plan for the City of League City to include a mandated five-year update. This item passed 7-1 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

In Old Business, Council considered and took action to approve the installation of a speed hump on Wakefield Drive. I moved to deny. The motion passed 7-0 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

In New Business, Council considered and took action authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Wittman Enterprises for EMS billing. This item passed 7-0 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

Council considered and took action on a resolution authorizing the issuance of an order of acceptance of a dedicated right of way and approving the grant of a limited use license agreement and access easement to KW Interests, LP, for ingress/egress to proposed oil and gas drillsite. This item passed 7-0 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

First Reading of Ordinances, Council considered and took action on an ordinance establishing a residence homestead exemption for calendar year 2014 and subsequent years pursuant to the Texas tax code and the Texas constitution. I moved to approve at 14%. This item passed 5-2 with Councilmembers Okeeffe and Dawson opposed and Councilman Kinsey absent.

Executive Session, Council discussed the purchase or sale of real property interests, deliberated concerning economic development negotiations.

Action Items from Executive Session, Council considered and took action on discussion concerning potential purchase or sale of real property interests. I made a motion to approve the abandonment and conveyance of 0.4178 acres of Pear Street and 0.4821 acres of Oregon Avenue to NFT Holdings, Inc. for the purchase price amount of $38,939.07 and authorize the Deputy City Manager to execute such documents as necessary to complete the conveyance. The motion passed 7-0 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

Council considered and took action on an economic development agreement with Galveston County Management District #1. I made a motion to approve the development agreement by and between City of League City, Texas and Galveston County Management District #1 for the Brookport Extension Project. The motion passed 7-0 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

Council considered and took action approving $113,039.17 payment to Galveston County in accordance with the inter-local agreement between the City and Galveston County, approved by Council on July 28, 2009 and reaffirmed by Resolution 2012-14 on March 27, 2012, for Calder Road - Ervin to League City Parkway. This item passed 7-0 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

School will be closing in the next few weeks and the City has a host of programs available to keep your family entertained this summer. The Helen Hall Library’s Summer Reading Program begins June 9. Details are available at leaguecitylibrary.org. You can also take part in Movie in the Park and Concert in the Park. Those events are held on Saturdays at League Park starting June 7. You and your family can also take part in National Trails Day Scavenger Hunt on June 7 at Countryside Park, 100 Alderwood. Attendees will receive a scavenger hunt game board and SWAG bag to use along the Countryside trail. Several vendors will be set up along the trail with prizes and educational information on forestry, keeping the parks clean and hike and bike safety. Families can walk the full 5K trail or take a shuttle back at the 2k mark. All participants with a completed game boards will receive a gift courtesy of the City of League City Parks and Cultural Services Department. Information is available at www.leaguecity.com


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